Provided by: libtest-bdd-cucumber-perl_0.60-1_all bug

NAME

       Test::BDD::Cucumber::StepContext - Data made available to step definitions

VERSION

       version 0.60

DESCRIPTION

       The coderefs in Step Definitions have a single argument passed to them, a
       "Test::BDD::Cucumber::StepContext" object. This is an attribute-only class, populated by
       Test::BDD::Cucumber::Executor.

       When steps are run normally, "C()" is set directly before execution to return the context;
       this allows you to do:

         sub { return C->columns }

       instead of:

         sub { my $c = shift; return $c->columns; }

ATTRIBUTES

   columns
       If the step-specific data supplied is a table, the this attribute will contain the column
       names in the order they appeared.

   _data
       Step-specific data. Will either be a text string in the case of a """ string, or an
       arrayref of hashrefs if the step had an associated table.

       See the "data" method below.

   stash
       A hash of hashes, containing two keys, "feature", "scenario".  The stash allows you to
       persist data across features or scenarios.

       The scenario-level stash is also available to steps by calling "S()", making the following
       two lines of code equivalent:

        sub { my $context = shift; my $stash = $context->stash->{'scenario'}; $stash->{'count'} = 1 }
        sub { S->{'count'} = 1 }

   feature
   scenario
   step
       Links to the Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Feature, Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Scenario,
       and Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Step objects respectively.

   verb
       The lower-cased verb a Step Definition was called with.

   text
       The text of the step, minus the verb. Placeholders will have already been multiplied out
       at this point.

   harness
       The Test::BDD::Cucumber::Harness harness being used by the executor.

   executor
       Weak reference to the Test::BDD::Cucumber::Executor being used - this allows for step
       redispatch.

   matches
       Any matches caught by the Step Definition's regex. These are also available as $1, $2 etc
       as appropriate.

   is_hook
       The harness processing the output can decide whether to shop information for this step
       which is actually an internal hook, i.e. a Before or After step

   parent
       If a step redispatches to another step, the child step will have a link back to its parent
       step here; otherwise undef. See "Redispatching".

METHODS

   background
       Boolean for "is this step being run as part of the background section?".  Currently
       implemented by asking the linked Scenario object...

   data
       See the "_data" attribute above.

       Calling this method will return either the """ string, or a possibly Transform-ed set of
       table data.

   matches
       See the "_matches" attribute above.

       Call this method will return the possibly Transform-ed matches .

   transform
       Used internally to transform data and placeholders, but it can also be called from within
       your Given/When/Then code.

Redispatching

       Sometimes you want to call one step from another step. You can do this via the
       StepContext, using the "dispatch()" method. For example:

         Given qr/I have entered (\d+)/, sub {
               C->dispatch( 'Given', "I have pressed $1");
               C->dispatch( 'Given', "I have pressed enter", { some => 'data' } );
         };

       You redispatch step will have its own, new step context with almost everything copied from
       the parent step context. However, specifically not copied are: "columns", "data", the
       "step" object, and of course the "verb" and the "text".

       If you want to pass data to your child step, you should IDEALLY do it via the text of the
       step itself, or failing that, through the scenario-level stash.  Otherwise it'd make more
       sense just to be calling some subroutine... But you can pass in a third argument - a
       hashref which will be used as "data".

       If the step you dispatch to doesn't pass for any reason (can't be found, dies, fails,
       whatever), it'll throw an exception. This will get caught by the parent step, which will
       then fail, and show debugging output.

       You must use the English names for the step verb, because we have no access to the parser.
       Also, remember to quote them as if you're in a step file, there may be a subroutine
       defined with the same name.

   dispatch
           C->dispatch( 'Then', "the page has loaded successfully");

       See the paragraphs immediately above this

AUTHOR

       Peter Sergeant "pete@clueball.com"

LICENSE

       Copyright 2011-2016, Peter Sergeant; Licensed under the same terms as Perl